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Prospective Postdocs

Thinking about UTHSC for your Postdoctoral Career?

Postdoctoral scholars are individuals who typically come to UTHSC to further their training in a chosen discipline after recently obtaining their terminal degree (e.g., PhD, MD, DVM). This training is for a limited term, expected to last no more than five years with any given UTHSC mentor. A scholar may not exceed eight years training in total. Training is conducted in an apprenticeship mode where the scholar works under the supervision of an investigator who is qualified to fulfill the responsibilities of a mentor.

Postdoctoral Scholar training in a given mentor’s lab is expected to be completed within five years. The maximum duration for postdoctoral scholarship training is a total of eight years. Plans to extend for a short time beyond five years should be discussed with the Postdoc Office and may be approved on a case-by-case basis. The Postdoc Office will send letters to the mentor and postdoctoral scholar to remind them of the deadline prior to the completion of the scholarship.

It is the mentor’s responsibility to support and, when possible, assist in the postdoctoral scholar’s transition to the next stage of his/her career. When the mentor concludes that the training is nearing its conclusion, he/she should meet with the postdoctoral scholar to discuss a transition plan. Following this meeting, the mentor should provide the postdoctoral scholar with written confirmation of the agreed-upon completion date, and written plans for transition of lab duties. The mentor should confirm that research records, laboratory reagents, etc. are in a condition that will allow continuation of the project and ensure compliance. It is expected that this notice will be provided to the postdoctoral scholar at least three months prior to the anticipated transition date, unless precluded by extenuating circumstances such as changes in the availability of funding.

Copies of completion letters and/or of the mentor’s plans for termination must be provided to the Postdoc Office and UTHSC Human Resources. Upon leaving UTHSC, postdoctoral scholars are required to return all departmental issued items including, but not limited to, laptops.

Certificates will be generated for all postdoctoral scholars when they leave the UTHSC postdoctoral scholarship program. The certificate will be provided upon completion of all required postdoctoral training and the mandatory Exit Survey and

The certificate will state the postdoctoral scholar’s name, department and the dates that he/she was a postdoctoral scholar on the UTHSC campus.

Upon leaving a postdoctoral scholarship position at UTHSC, each postdoctoral scholar must complete a mandatory exit survey. Information from the survey will be used in a confidential manner to help enhance the postdoctoral program for future postdoctoral scholar and mentors. 

A training certificate of completion will be generated and sent to the postdoctoral scholar from the Postdoc Office upon receipt of the completed exit survey.

The certificate will state the postdoctoral scholar’s name, department and the dates that he/she was a postdoctoral scholar on the UTHSC campus.

All open positions at UTHSC are displayed on the posting page; candidates must specify the job posting(s) for which they intend to apply. UTHSC does not accept applications to a general UTHSC postdoc pool:

1. Proof of doctoral degree

Employment at UTHSC will become effective only after an application and verification of a terminal degree equal to that of a US degree in that field of study and the criminal background check has been certified.

2. Visa status

A postdoc candidate must prove that he/she is eligible to work in the United States by completing Form I-9 and providing appropriate documentation. The hiring department will provide this form. Postdocs coming from abroad may require UTHSC sponsorship before beginning an appointment at UTHSC. The University's International Affairs Office can provide information regarding non-immigrant visas. (See contact information below.) The sponsoring faculty member or department will provide assistance in completing the appropriate application.

UTHSC International Office
Connie L. Childs, Director
Phone: 901.448.8484
Fax: 901.448.1870

If you are thinking about joining UTHSC as a Postdoctoral Research Trainee, we hope this information will assist you in your decision.

May 26, 2022